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Baltimore City’s Police Department fielded 799 citizen complaints against police officers last year. Most were dismissed, and the civilian and the officer never met face-to-face. Soon they’ll have that chance. The city is launching a voluntary mediation program.

In his second State of the State address yesterday, Governor Hogan struck a tone of bipartisanship. But Democratic leaders say the governor’s rhetoric doesn’t match his budget. WYPR reporter Rachel Baye joins us to recap what we’ve seen so far in the 2016 assembly. Plus, are one man’s burdensome regulations, a woman’s inalienable protections?

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore has a lot of chickens...and enough chicken manure to fill M&T Bank Stadium twice every year. That manure is a major Chesapeake Bay pollutant. Last summer Governor Hogan enacted a regulation that restricts how much chicken litter farmers can spread on fields. Now advocates are supporting legislation that would place the burden of disposing of that extra manure on poultry companies, taking farmers and taxpayers out of the equation.

Aggression, insomnia, headaches, and even seizures. A traumatic brain injury can have life-altering consequences for individuals and their families. Today we’ll hear from Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi, a neuropsychiatrist at Duke University Medical Center and the co-author of "The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury," published by John Hopkins University Press. We'll met Tom and Mary Longest, a husband and wife who struggled to adjust to their "new normal" after an accident. And we speak to Dr.

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A flood, a surge, an influx. In 2014, headline writers struggled to convey the massive number of Central American children crossing the border into the United States. Those headlines have faded, but the kids are still coming. In fact, we are likely on the cusp of a new, equally large wave of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. As in the previous surge, many of these children are coming to Maryland.

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When budgets are tight, rec centers and pools often suffer, but that could change in Baltimore City. On Tuesday, the City Council voted to approve legislation that would lock in city funds for youth initiatives. We hear from Baltimore City Council President Jack Young, who sponsored the bill.

Then we’ll talk snow. Are you still waiting for the plows? Did you walk in the street to get to work? Call us.

Plus: despite the snow, dozens of bicyclists will hit the streets tonight. Baltimore Bike Party co-founder Kim Lillig explains.

Then: Daily Record editor Danny Jacobs and Baltimore Business Journal associate editor Jon Munshaw join us with the week’s top stories.

Fighting Blight

Jan 28, 2016
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Three weeks ago, Governor Hogan announced a massive effort to eliminate blight in Baltimore – hundreds of millions of dollars to demolish vacant homes across the city and replace them with green space, affordable housing, and businesses. Tearing down 4,000 vacants over four years would make a big dent in the city’s estimated figure of 16,000 vacant buildings. But critics question whether the funds will materialize, and if they do – who will get the jobs, what will the work do to the environment, and who will be able to afford the new homes?

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Theft, breaking and entering, trespassing. These are common crimes that bring youth into contact with the juvenile justice system, contact that can lead to a criminal record, detention, and a high risk of recidivism. Today, a look at an alternative: teen court, which brings young people before a jury of their peers. Can teen court interrupt the school to prison pipeline? We speak to Leslie Wright, Director of City Programs for the Citizenship Law Related Education Program, which oversees teen courts in Maryland.

As Baltimore digs out from a record-setting blizzard, former Baltimore Sun reporter and celebrated local author Rafael Alvarez remembers another storm: the 22-inch blizzard of 1996, when Alvarez fought against the elements to wish his daughter a happy birthday. Alvarez reads an excerpt from his new book, "Crabtown, USA," a nonfiction anthology about life in Baltimore. The book is available at The Ivy Bookshop.

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Days after Maryland’s record-breaking blizzard, many roads remain covered with snow or ice patches. Former Secret Service driving instructor Chip Sheehan brings us tips for driving on icy roads; he’s trained the President’s drivers going back to Ronald Reagan, and now runs his own driving school. Later in the hour, University of Baltimore law professor Garrett Epps brings us up-to-date on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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